The January 24th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Francisco Cordero to chose between Angels and three other teams this week, Trumbo finally starts working at the move to third base, Howie Kendrick is the most frustrating Angel (really?) and much more...
The Monkey Says: I'll save the rant against Cordero, but suffice it to say that I am NOT with Coco. Hopefully he ends up elsewhere and thus saves the Angels from themselves here.
The Monkey Says: Trumbo is only barely to get work as a third baseman, but at least he is finally healthy enough to field grounders, even if he is still limited in what he can do. I still don't think this transition will work though, mostly because he is getting such a late start.
The Monkey Says: I don't think he is that frustrating, at least no anymore. Kendrick isn't "elite" like Saxon said, but he has proven to be pretty good and consistent. I think Saxon is looking at the wrong side of the diamond. Aybar is most frustrating to me as he has also failed to live up to lofty expectations and his performance from year-to-year has been wildly inconsistent.
The Monkey Says: This has been debated all over the place and the consensus is that it is going to be a close call. The age difference gives Darvish a big edge, but Wilson's track record makes him more of a sure thing. Either way, we won't really know who "won" for several years and by then nobody will care anymore. I'm glad we had this discussion.
The Monkey Says: Trout has lost his narrow edge over Harper in most lists it seems, likely because of his struggles in the majors in 2011. That is somewhat fair, but also kind of not since basically no 19-year old ever has success in the majors.
The Monkey Says: This is a tact I think Mike Scioscia might experiment with, though it is wrong-headed to do so. The main reason for Pujols to bat third is that it increases the likelihood of him getting an extra at-bat in games. The bigger issue is that the Halos lack high-OBP guys to put in front of him, so putting three guys with iffy on-base skills makes even less sense. What they should do is make sure whoever bats ninth isn't their worst OBP guy since he isn't going to be far from Pujols in the order once the lineup comes around the second, third and fourth time.
The Story: Taylor Lindsey, the #9 Angel prospect.
The Monkey Says: It would be an upset if Lindsey isn't a top-five Angel prospect this time next season.
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In regards to Taylor Lindsey, I'm as surprised as anyone that he got the Major League invite. I knew he was a steal in the draft, and was only considered an overdraft because no scouts other than Keith Law took the time to go see him (Arizona had a weak class that year). But even Law said he could've/should've been a Top 100 draft prospect. The Angels actually toyed with the idea of moving him to catcher, now that would've been fun!
Anyway, I'm not sure he'll be a Top 5 prospect mostly because he's headed to Cedar Rapids. The list of guys who put up impressive numbers there is confined to Trout and Kendrick, though Grichuk was unstoppable for half the season. I think we'll find his numbers will be deflated, which will drag down his status. Once he hits the Cal League they'll bounce back up again though.
I have to disagree with HH on his athleticism though, I thought he was a fairly athletic specimen that could play an above average 2B.
Oh, here we go again. If Saxon is frustrated he has only himself to blame. The expectation was placed on Howie by the national press (or at least the MLB Fantasy podcast) and others locally. Howie never claimed he'd hit .360 in an Angels uniform, WE did. Get over it. He's still one of the best.